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Hey everyone,

I'm interested in reading some YA short story collections, and was hoping I could get some recommendations here. I'm open to any kind of subject matter.

Also, I am hoping to use this list both to read some great stories and to learn more about the genre, so any insights you might have on the YA short story genre would also be really helpful.

Thanks!

Edited to add this PS: Blue Boarders who have short stories out there, please feel free to use this thread to push them! I want to read them!
#1 - December 17, 2012, 03:34 PM

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DIVERSE ENERGIES is a collection of dystopian short stories by YA authors, including Blueboarders Cindy Pon and Ellen Oh.
#2 - December 17, 2012, 03:43 PM

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I love TWICE TOLD.  Illustrator Scott Hunt did charcoal drawings and then asked YA authors to write stories to go with them.  Each illustration has two stories.
#3 - December 17, 2012, 04:10 PM
VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series (Disney-Hyperion)
SUNNY'S TOW TRUCK SAVES THE DAY (Abrams)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
among others

Check out Laini Taylor's LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES. Her writing is breathtaking.
#4 - December 17, 2012, 04:30 PM
ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES TOO! Candlewick, 2017
LOUD LULA, Two Lions 2015
CALIFORNIA HISTORY FOR KIDS, CRP
FARMER MCPEEPERS Rising Moon

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I loved Sixteen, edited by Megan McCafferty, when I was that age. And though it's not published FOR teens, The Worst Years of Your Life is an anthology about teenhood. It's edited by Mark Jude Poirier.
#5 - December 17, 2012, 04:43 PM

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ZOMBIES V. UNICORNS. Funny, creepy, and everything in between.
#6 - December 17, 2012, 05:12 PM
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GEEKTASTIC! It's the geekiest and bestest anthology ever!
#7 - December 17, 2012, 05:47 PM

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The short stories in the TIMELESS Anthology published by Pugalicious Press were fantastic.

Journeys of Wonder is a YA Anthology too. I'm only on the first story but I think it's going to be good.
#8 - December 17, 2012, 08:09 PM

I second the recommendation for Laini's "Lips Touch 3 Times". Also, she and several other fabulous writers have stories in "Foretold", an anthology about prophecies/predictions.
#9 - December 17, 2012, 09:22 PM

I recently discovered Kelly Link's short story collections (Pretty Monsters, Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners) and was blown away. Apparently she's won several big awards (like the Nebula) and gotten a lot of press coverage, but I had never heard of her. And her stories are great: fantastical, creepy, and some of the most unique stuff I've ever read.
#10 - December 18, 2012, 06:09 AM
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I have on my shelf, HOW THEY MET and other stories by David Levithan, ANGRY MANAGEMENT and ATHLETIC SHORTS by Chris Crutcher, 21 PROMS, and one I haven't read yet, GIRL MEETS BOY: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story. They are all contemporary.
#11 - December 18, 2012, 07:19 AM
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My friend has a short story in Spring Fevers, a free ebook anthology, her debut novel is out 2013.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/135047
#12 - December 18, 2012, 08:26 AM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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CLEAVAGE, put out by Sumach Press a couple of years ago, was for YA girl fiction having to do with body image and mother/ daughter relationships. (Shameless plug on my part because I have a story in it, but I really like the book on the whole.)
#13 - December 22, 2012, 08:51 AM

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Since you're actively welcoming plugs from Blue Boarders ourselves, here's a YA collection in which I have a short story:

http://www.amazon.com/Truth-Dare-Liz-Miles/dp/0762441046/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1292106824&sr=1-1

TRUTH & DARE, a collection of YA short stories. Many of them are quite dark and edgy, although a few of them are humorous.

If you like ebooks, here's a YA collection called THE FIRST TIME, about "firsts:"

 http://www.amazon.com/The-First-Time-ebook/dp/B006151SD6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356559163&sr=1-1&keywords=first+time+anthology
#14 - December 26, 2012, 02:13 PM
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Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion
Until It Hurts to Stop
Try Not to Breathe
The Secret Year

BLACK JUICE by Margo Lanagan. I haven't read this collection since early high school, but one story in particular is so haunting that I can still picture it.

Also, if you're looking for something lighter, I second the recommendation for ZOMBIES VS UNICORNS (how can you resist the title?)  ;D
#15 - December 26, 2012, 02:20 PM
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* Tɧe HµSɧ (2015)
* Aℊeηt NøмAⅾ series (2017)

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I second GEEKTASTIC. Great range! I also enjoyed LIPS TOUCH, THREE TIMES.
#16 - December 27, 2012, 06:46 AM
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Thank you so much for all of these suggestions!
#17 - December 27, 2012, 10:59 AM

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